Mandela; Free parking; and more

The Gazette letters Published: December 12, 2013 | 12:00 am 0

Consider 'WWMD' and then do it

As the world is celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, world leaders are jostling to tell bigger-than-yours tales that Mandela was a "model for my life". Rhetoric is always nice, but has "your model" made any difference in your actions? In your governing? Mandela's legacy is that he reached out to enemies/opponents without hate and found ways to work with them. Even when the response was negative, he "made it happen" by constantly going the extra mile showing genuine Christian love.

WWMD - "What Would Mandela Do?" is a guide that would truly honor Nelson Mandela. Consider this, "WWMD?" And then do it. Congress, administration, state, and local officials - this would truly honor Nelson Mandela's legacy and result in cooperation. It is not easy. It requires courage and leadership.

Arthur B. Cyphers

Colorado Springs

Baking a cake is not a religion

Seems as though people are forgetting one major libertarian point when it comes to refusing a public service to gays and lesbians...we pay taxes, too. My tax dollars support the government office that issues licenses to public businesses. My tax dollars support the Health Department inspector who ensures a safe cake for all. My tax dollars support the roads that lead to the baker's place of public business. My tax dollars support the police and fire departments that keep the baker's business safe. To say that I can't have a cake baked by a public place of business is criminal.

Baking a cake is not a religion. If it is, please do it in the private club arena and stop using my tax dollars.

Carolyn Cathey

Colorado Springs

Like a Carnival cruise gone wrong

I'm worried about our country. We're the greatest nation on the face of the globe and our economy is a mess, our national debt is out of control, our foreign policy is a joke, our allies can't depend on us - and our influence in the world is at an all-time low.

Washington is broken. Nobody is in charge, and nobody is held accountable. Dishonesty and incompetence are commonplace at the highest levels of our government. Meanwhile, Congress is mostly MIA and not taking good care of the nation's business.

The American ship of state is looking like a Carnival cruise gone wrong, where the toilets are overflowing and nothing works the way it is supposed to. Our once-great country is adrift on the troubled seas of a dangerous world. The rudder is broken and permanently stuck in a hard left turn position - and it seems that nobody is really at the helm!

Robert Vegvary

Colorado Spring

The wind blows, generates income

Re: Article: "Governor gets earful from restless natives"

As businessman in rural Colorado, I strongly support SB252. It will create jobs and reduce energy costs.

Recently, a neighboring coal mine was forced to lay off over a hundred people. 252's requirement for a percentage of locally generated clean power will create jobs in rural areas that need them the most, and diversify the economy.

Colorado has 4,000 wind energy jobs. Now there's a biomass plant being built in Gypsum, and solar businesses and installations all over the state. SB252 will only support this trend. Far from harming agriculture, 90 percent of Colorado's installed turbines are in Weld, Logan, Lincoln and Prowers counties, where farmers and ranchers receive $7 million in annual land lease payments, as well as substantial county tax revenues. Ranching and farming is tough work, but the wind always blows, and generates income like an insurance policy against weather and markets.

Meanwhile, clean power tends to save Coloradans money. Our Public Utilities Commission reported that a recent wind energy purchase in the state "will save ratepayers $100 million" and "lock in a price for 25 years." At $27.50 a megawatt-hour, the purchase was less than half the cost of electricity from a new natural-gas plant... with no risk of the price of fuel going up.

Auden Schendler

Basalt

Unsung resource for computer users

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, adjacent to the Driver License Office at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, offers an excellent variety of workshops and labs to assist the unemployed in finding employment.

Like many users of Microsoft Office Suite, I made rudimentary use of Word and avoided the other useful applications imbedded within the suite. But I was always curious. The Workforce Center offers a Computer Skills Certificate to those who complete a free, self-paced 40-hour training program based on computer tutorials and hands-on exercises. You must have basic computer skills and type at least 20 words per minute. You will be overseen by two very caring educational professionals, Jean Garrity and Mike Balof, who have personally created the outstanding hands-on portion of the course.

The result is that I now have intermediate competency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, along with a complete set of course material for reference purposes. And Jean and Mike made the whole experience a fun one.

You can sign up at www.ppwfc.org or call 667-3700 for assistance.

Bob Holman

Colorado Springs

Offer free parking at the airport

I have two words for those charged with revitalizing our airport traffic: "free parking". Everyone I talk to hates the drive, traffic, and parking at DIA. They go to DIA because ticket prices are cheaper. However, we would all love to use the Colorado Springs Airport if we could justify the extra ticket costs with free parking. Instead of only concentrating on lowering landing fees for airlines, offer free parking and travelers will come.

Tim O'Donnell

Colorado Springs

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